The rumors are all true! Robert Downey Jr. will be working with HTC over the next two years on the company’s “Change” marketing campaign. Robert Downey Jr. will be taking the lead in the commercials and help shape the creative direction of the campaign. Some media outlets are reporting that HTC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ben Ho, has given the campaign a $1 billion budget, roughly equivalent to what the company spent on worldwide sales and marketing in 2012.
The marketing campaign will roll out in three phases, highlighting the brand, HTC’s unique innovations and how HTC products “empower individuals to drive change in their own lives.” The first full ad will hit YouTube on August 15, immediately followed by movie theater and television releases.
HTC’s innovation, authenticity and boldness have made us the change-makers in the mobile industry and led us to launch what influencers regard as the best phone in the world, the HTC One. Our original and playful Change platform is different to anything else out there and aligns our brand with the same qualities our phones are already known for. With this campaign, we are affirming what HTC’s role is in the mobile market which is to define change and to lead the industry in developing the newest and most innovative technologies.Ben HoCMO of HTC
So far, the ideas coming from RDJ range from “Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran” to “Hipster Troll Carwash.” It’ll be interesting to see how these ideas play out in commercials. We were set for an action packed marketing campaign, but it seems Robert Downey Jr. and HTC will be showing their more playful side, something that’s been working really well for Samsung lately.
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HTC CHALLENGES STATUS QUO WITH NEW GLOBAL BRAND PLATFORM
‘Change’ marks bold new move by HTC in new brand position
Taipei, Taiwan - August 12, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled its most powerful marketing campaign to date. The Change brand platform is a long-term strategy that celebrates HTC’s disruptive impact on the mobile industry over its 17-year history. Ushering in an innovative new approach that will transform the industry, the campaign will reach consumers through a broad spectrum of traditional and digital media outlets.
To mark the launch of the global platform, a new above-the-line campaign will be rolled out from August 2013. Featuring acclaimed actor and director, Robert Downey Jr., the first ad creative will screen on YouTube on 15th August, to be immediately followed by a series of cinema and TV executions.
Ben Ho, CMO of HTC comments, “HTC’s innovation, authenticity and boldness have made us the change-makers in the mobile industry and led us to launch what influencers regard as the best phone in the world, the HTC One. Our original and playful Change platform is different to anything else out there and aligns our brand with the same qualities our phones are already known for. With this campaign, we are affirming what HTC’s role is in the mobile market which is to define change and to lead the industry in developing the newest and most innovative technologies.”
The face behind the Change
Recognized as one of the most popular faces on the big screen, Robert Downey Jr. has signed a two-year deal with HTC. In addition to starring in the ad, he has injected his own style, working closely with HTC’s global agency 171 Worldwide (WWP Group) to shape its creative direction, putting change at the core of HTC’s brand by offering a variety of unique interpretations of the HTC acronym.
Celebrating the change-makers
The brand platform will roll out in three phases with the initial advertising campaign highlighting HTC’s brand with a playful take on what it means to different people. The second phase will feature executions which highlight how HTC innovations–like BlinkFeed, Video Highlights and BoomSound–have changed the face of the mobile industry. The following ad spots will then focus on how HTC products empower individuals to drive change in their own lives.
Changing the media mix
Aligning with the preferences of HTC’s target audience, the ATL campaign will be heavily weighted to cinema, online and digital media. Experiential events in key markets, like the UK, US and Taiwan, will also bring the brand message to life for consumers, who will be able to experience the various creative interpretations of HTC for themselves. Extending the interpretation to consumers, a word randomizer app hosted on HTC.com and promoted via a range of social channels including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, has also been developed to allow people to identify the most outlandish possible interpretations of HTC, building on the variety of permutations first introduced in the ATL campaign.